1. Jess Glynne Finds Happy While Webster Hall Loses Control: Live Review

    January 21, 2016 3:00 PM EST Happiness can’t be bottled, but experiencing Jess Glynne live makes for a downright delightful eardrum elixir. The ferociously fun ginger commanded the stage at New York’s legendary Webster Hall last night (Jan. 20) and kept attendees smiling, danc ...

  2. Jennifer Lopez Is the Ultimate Showgirl in All I Have Las Vegas Residency: Live Review

    January 21, 2016 4:34 AM EST 9.474 k 0 22 The only question after seeing Jennifer Lopez 's All I Have residency in Las Vegas is: What took her so long? Given her trajectory of Fly Girl to actress to pop star to TV personality to all of the above at once, it's not surprising ...

  3. Cat Power's 'The Greatest' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 20, 2016 12:08 PM EST 0 0 0 When Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power , told her record company that she wanted to record her seventh album in Memphis with members of Al Green ’s legendary backing band, no one blinked. Instead, everyone wondered what had taken her so long. This wasn’t ...

  4. Lupe Fiasco Caters to His Fans on L.A. Tour Stop at Fonda Theatre: Live Review

    January 19, 2016 5:49 PM EST With his musical career supposedly finishing by year’s end, Lupe Fiasco took the stage at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre for the fourth stop on his For The Fans tour, his latest trek since releasing his final Atlantic Records album  Tetsuo & Youth ...

  5. Alessia Cara Keeps It Real for Toronto Hometown Show: Live Review

    January 18, 2016 8:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Alessia Cara didn't appear onstage Sunday at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall wearing skimpy or outrageous clothes. The 19-year-old Canadian pop singer seemed totally at ease, rather than seeking the spotlight to emit her "star" beh ...

  6. Van Morrison Brings Out Tom Jones, Does Movie Star Impressions at L.A. Show: Live Review

    January 17, 2016 3:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Van Morrison ’s amazing list of musical accomplishments -- songs like “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “St. Dominic’s Preview,” “Gloria” and “Tupelo Honey,” as well as the albums Moondance and Astral Weeks -- have earned the Belfast, Ireland, native a deserved pl ...

  7. Alt-Folkies Daughter Colors Bright Sounds With Shades of Gray on ‘Not to Disappear’: Album Review

    January 15, 2016 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 On  If You Leave , the gorgeously gloomy 2013 debut from U.K. indie-folk trio Daughter , frontwoman Elena Tonra sings, "I've been ­thinking I should see someone/Just to find out if I'm alright." Two years on, it seems the only ­p ...

  8. SoCal Rock Rookies Grizfolk Come Out Swinging on Debut 'Making of the Giants': Album Review

    January 15, 2016 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 On its debut LP, the Los Angeles-based quintet Grizfolk comes out swinging, as if the fist-raised, festival-ready rock anthem was the last viable formula music had left. But the end result is a dozen tracks of unrelenting normalcy, a pastiche of wha ...

  9. Steve Angello Goes Solo With Autobiographical Concept Album 'Wild Youth': Album Review

    January 15, 2016 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Swedish House Mafia , the hugely popular Stockholm EDM trio that parted ways in 2013, was scorned by detractors as bombastic. It was an accurate description of the group's music, of course, but an odd criticism, since  SHM's  project was a ...

  10. Panic! At The Disco Has a Frenetic ‘Bachelor’ Party at New York's Le Poisson Rouge: Live Review

    January 15, 2016 1:02 PM EST On the eve of the release of their fifth LP, Panic! At The Disco brought their delightfully frenetic energy to New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (Jan. 14). With its low ceilings, sonic heart-attack sound system, and small stage, the venue is ...

  11. Hank Williams Jr. Sends Mixed Messages on ‘It’s About Time’: Album Review

    January 15, 2016 12:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Half a century into his career, Hank Williams Jr. still can't make up his mind. On the title track of his new album,  It's About Time , billed as his 37th, he complains he has "had enough of this weird pop-country sound." But tha ...

  12. Is Brandy's 'Beggin' & Pleadin'' a Breakup Anthem? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst Singles

    January 15, 2016 12:23 PM EST 0 0 0 West 's last surprise drop, "Facts," had even his biggest stans fearing the upcoming Swish would end up an air-ball. Relax, everyone: "Real Friends" is his best song since 2013. "Facts" was brash and disposable, bu ...

  13. Steve Earle Endorses Sanders, Frets Over Trump at NYC's City Winery: Live Review

    January 12, 2016 1:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Steve Earle ’s residency at the City Winery represents an opportunity for a career retrospective. He declared as much a few songs into his set last night in Manhattan: “My intention is to play one song from every album I ever made.” It’s a chance to ...

  14. J. Cole Is a Fitting Hometown Hero In 'Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming' HBO Special: Review

    January 11, 2016 6:58 PM EST J. Cole is a conundrum. On his last release, 2014’s  2014 Forest Hills Drive , the rapper shone the spotlight on his own insecurities while bulking up on bravado. One of the set’s singles "Wet Dreamz" zoomed into the awkwardness of Cole ...

  15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Kick Off Intimate Tour in Phoenix: Live Review

    January 10, 2016 3:14 PM EST It’s been three long years since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  released their Grammy-winning debut album The Heist , and another two since they've toured. But the day finally came when the duo announced an intimate U.S. tour for early 2016 af ...

  16. Surfer Blood Doesn’t Miss a Beat With New Lineup at L.A. Show: Live Review

    January 09, 2016 5:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Buzz bands come and buzz bands go. The real challenge is to sustain a career beyond that early excitement. At different times, both Surfer Blood and second-billed Cayucas have enjoyed buzz band status, so the groups’ Friday night (Jan. 8) pairing at ...

  17. DJ Mustard Brings The Hits To Output: Live Review

    January 09, 2016 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 “[In 2015, I learned] that less is more,” DJ Mustard told Fader earlier this week. For many producers, this would be an announcement of a new commitment to restraint, but this has actually been Mustard's motto for several years. since 2013, his ...

  18. Bonnie Raitt Talks About 'Dig In Deep,' Life on the Road, Hijacked Elections and the 'Wrenching Awareness' of Wisdom With Age

    January 08, 2016 12:27 PM EST 5.46 k 0 1 “The kind of music I do is not for sissies,” quips Bonnie Raitt , the veteran multi-Grammy-winning singer, whose blues-rock slide guitar is as fiery as her red mane. “I mean, I love singing heartbreak ballads, and really intelligent singer-song ...

  19. David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Is Filled With Songs About Death and Doom: Album Review

    January 07, 2016 4:31 PM EST 0 0 0 The new David Bowie release,  Blackstar , begins with an execution, and from there the tidings only get ­grimmer. His 25th studio album features just seven songs, but they serve up a veritable Grand Guignol of dread, death, even dismemberment. Black ...

  20. Jon Bon Jovi, Debbie Harry & Bobby Bandiera Rock for a Good Cause at New Jersey Hope Concert: Live Review

    December 24, 2015 5:09 PM EST Early in the night for the second of two Hope charity concerts at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J.,  Jon Bon Jovi  told the audience that they were the lucky ones. "We made it through the first set," he smiled. "That was t ...

  21. Muse Remain Out-and-Out Arena Rock Band at L.A. Show: Live Review

    December 21, 2015 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Muse ’s status as the last of the great arena-rock bands remains undiminished with the Drones World Tour, which brought hugely anthemic choruses, stratospherically emotional vocals, bone-rattling riffage, and a few dozen semis’ worth of props and sp ...

  22. Mariah Carey Wraps Christmas Residency in Shiny Bow: Live Review

    December 19, 2015 7:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Mariah Carey ’ s iconic Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” may have slipped to the No. 2 spot as one of the most popular songs played at retail, but Mimi isn’t sweating it. Pentatonix & Mariah Carey Lead YouTube's Most Popu ...

  23. Pusha T, 'King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude,' Track-by-Track Review

    December 18, 2015 4:25 PM EST Pusha T has a lot to be thankful for. After being named the president of G.O.O.D. Music, he kickstarted the campaign for his forthcoming album King Push by rolling out the prelude titled King Push – Darkest Before Dawn . While news of King Push fir ...

  24. Chris Brown Falls Short of King on 'Royalty': Album Review

    December 18, 2015 10:28 AM EST 0 0 0 The 1982 music video for Marvin Gaye ’s “ Sexual Healing ” opens with two vixens gazing into the camera’s lens. “Get up, get up, get up, get up! / Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up,” they beg. Then Marvin enters the shot, tuxedoed and smoothly two- ...

  25. Busta Rhymes Reunites With High-Profile Pals For Hot For The Holidays Show: Live Review

    December 07, 2015 2:21 PM EST 0 0 0 With nine albums and 10 million copies sold on his resume,  Busta Rhymes is one of hip-hop’s elder statesmen. To celebrate 25 years in the game, he lit up New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Saturday night (Dec. 5) for Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays co ...

  26. Jeremih Celebrates Release of 'Late Nights: The Album' In New York City: Live Review

    December 07, 2015 1:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Jeremih is one of the more elusive artists in modern music. The R&B crooner d ebuted in 2009 with “Birthday Sex" (which reached No. 4 on the  Billboard Hot 100 ),  but after several notable collaborations and the release of 2010's  All ...

  27. 'School of Rock': Theater Review

    December 06, 2015 8:35 PM EST 0 0 0 It's funny, but you don't realize just how badly you needed to see a 12-year-old boy powering through a face-melting guitar solo, or his pint-size female counterpart on bass, pouting like the coolest of rocker chicks, until you witness the ...

  28. ‘Runaround Sue’ Rapper G-Eazy Takes Big Step Up With ‘When It’s Dark Out’: Album Review

    December 04, 2015 5:48 PM EST 0 0 0 "In just one year I went from ­overlooked to overbooked," G-Eazy raps on "Sad Boy," summarizing his ascent from Tumblr heartthrob who made a rap ­version of "Runaround Sue" to rising star with a Billboard 200 No. 3 debu ...

  29. Is M.I.A.'s 'Borders' a Breakout Hit? Plus More of the Week's Best & Worst Singles

    December 04, 2015 5:38 PM EST 0 0 0 The refugee crisis is a ripe topic for M.I.A. , whose family fled civil war in Sri Lanka. "Borders" is one of her smoothest songs, with a dancehall throb and "Big Pimpin' "-style hook. But simplistic, if heartfelt ­lyrics (& ...

  30. Troye Sivan Shows Growth and Growing Pains on Debut ‘Blue Neighbourhood’: Album Review

    December 04, 2015 11:52 AM EST 0 0 0 He was born in South Africa and raised in Australia, but really, Troye Sivan comes from the Internet. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter/actor built his brand on YouTube -- where he outed himself as gay to millions of subscribers in 2013 -- and now m ...

  31. Coldplay Creeps Onto the Dancefloor With ‘A Head Full of Dreams’: Album Review

    December 04, 2015 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Sooner or later, every goliath of modern stadium rock hears the siren call of the discotheque. U2 , Radiohead , Arcade Fire -- all have striven to goose their ­sincerity with syncopation, to inject more fun, more funk, into their big, regal, high-mi ...

  32. King Diamond Brings Brutalizing Metal to New York's PlayStation Theater: Live Review

    November 23, 2015 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 King Diamond ’s resurrection of Abigail , his classic 1987 concept album, has been a much-anticipated event on the metal concert circuit. The sold-out crowd that packed New York's PlayStation Theater on Saturday for the last show of a three-nig ...

  33. The Velvet Underground Clean Out the Vault With 'Loaded' Box Set & Dazzling 'Matrix Tapes'

    November 20, 2015 7:00 PM EST At this point, 50 years after the Velvet Underground formed and 45 years since Lou Reed left the band, there’s not a lot to say about this endlessly influential group that hasn’t already been said -- and not a lot to hear that hasn’t already been ...

  34. Good Charlotte Makes Charismatic Comeback at L.A. Concert: Live Review

    November 20, 2015 2:40 PM EST In Nov. 2015, Good Charlotte reunited . It makes sense that pop-punk nostalgia is in full swing; nearly a decade after its renaissance, the guys and gals who grew up with the stuff are hungry for some semblance of their childhood. It’s a genre ent ...

  35. Adele Powers Through a Lifetime of Regret & Weariness on '25': Album Review

    November 19, 2015 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele Adkins is still a young woman -- just 27, which is to say two years older than the number on the cover of her third album. But she’s determined to sound as old as the hills. The love-wracked ingénue of 21 has given way to a lioness-in-winter, ...

  36. CeeLo Green Tries to Atone for Past Sins on Comeback ‘Heart Blanche’: Album Review

    November 16, 2015 4:27 PM EST 0 0 0 CeeLo Green 's fifth solo LP ­probably should've been called My Bad instead of Heart Blanche . With songs like " CeeLo  Green Sings the Blues" and an intro promising "a look into my soul underneath my celebrity skin," i ...

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